The science behind it…
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s website (PCRM.org), plant-based diets offer numerous health benefits, including the following:
- Vegetarians generally have lower cholesterol levels than meat-eaters, and heart disease is less common in vegetarians.
- Vegetarians generally have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians.
- A diet based on vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains, which is also low in fat and sugar, can help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the need for certain medications.
- Vegetarian death rates from cancer are only about one-half to three-quarters of those of the general population.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph. D. and author of the best-selling book The China Study, says “Sometimes the most elegant solution is the most simple. Why plant-based nutrition? Why not? Why develop heart disease? Cancer? Diabetes? The epidemic of chronic, degenerative disease that is sweeping the western world can not only be stopped, it can be reversed. The power lies in the hands of the consumer, in the choices we make about what to put on our plates.”
In his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn explains how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat.
In addition to scientific plant-based diet research, influential activists and authors, including Alicia Silverstone, Kathy Freston and Kris Carr, to name a few, have helped ‘spread the good word’ about the positivity of a plant-based lifestyle. Online communities, including MadeJustRight.com, and social media have fueled plant-based diet discussions, and provided easily available, free education to those that would have never considered a plant-based diet. Times are a ‘changin,’ and luckily there is no shortage of plant-based diet resources available.
Plant-Based Diet Community: www.MadeJustRight.com
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